How to download Audacity Manual to access offline

I am running Audacity 2.1.1 on Windows 7. I downloaded the zip file, unzipped it, then installed Audacity by double-clicking the audacity-win-1.2.6.exe file.
When I click on Help, then Manual, I am taken to the website and am apparently accessing the online version.
How do I download the Manual for offline use?


It should be downloaded automatically.

When I click Help → Manual Internet Explorer opens with this in the address bar: C:\Program Files (x86)\Audacity\help\manual\index.html

I looked and there it is…thanks!

When I click “Help | Manual”, I am taken to

“Double-clicking the audacity-win-1.2.6.exe file” would install the legacy Audacity 1.2.6 version, not 2.1.1. Also we don’t put EXE installer files inside ZIP files.

I would recommend uninstalling the Audacity version you have now (whatever it is), run an anti-virus scan on your computer, then install 2.1.1 from us

The Manual is only included with Audacity if you install it using the EXE installer.

If you obtained the ZIP file of Audacity but want a local copy of the Manual, you must download the Manual from

To always view the Manual online, even if you have a local copy of it, change “Location of Manual” in
Interface Preferences to “From Internet”.


Obviously, this thread contains very old information that hasn’t been updated, but I can’t find the equivalent setting mentioned anywhere in the current (3.3) online help.